The Torridon

(Ben Damph House, Torridon Hotel)

Representing Britain's most northerly five-star hotel, the Torridon lies within 23 ha (58 acres) of parkland close to the head of Upper Loch Torridon, 1¼ miles (2 km) southwest of the settlement of Torridon. Built in the Scots Baronial style in 1884-87 as Ben Damph House, a hunting lodge for William King-Noel, 1st Earl of Lovelace (1805-93) and his wife the computing pioneer Ada Lovelace (1815-52), herself the daughter of Lord Byron (1788 1824). Constructed in Torridonian red sandstone snecked rubble with ashlar dressings, it was the work of the architect Alexander Ross (1834 - 1925). The entrance is at the base of a round clock-tower with a conical slate roof, which is inscribed to commemorate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee of 1887. It was the 5th Earl of Lovelace that converted the property to become a hotel. The hotel and the Ben Damph estate were sold separately following his death. The Lovelace family continued to occupy Torridon House, on the opposite side of the loch, until 2015.

Rohaise and Daniel Rose-Bristow have developed the business into a multi-facility resort since they purchased it from Rohaise's parents in 2004, who in turn had bought the hotel in 1992. Relaunched in 2008, the Torridon resort now includes an award-winning luxury hotel, an inn, two-bedroom boat house and leisure activities. The hotel has thirty-two bedrooms, a gourmet restaurant, casual dining and a bar which features 365 different malt whiskies. It gained five-star status in 2018. The Torridon benefits from its own small herd of Highland Cattle and a kitchen garden which together provide 60% of the restaurant's menu. The resort gained further popularity following the inception of the North Coast 500 driving route and restaurant critic Giles Coren and chef Monica Galetti visited in 2019 as part of their Amazing Hotels series for BBC television.

The hotel employs 55 staff in peak season, often attracted by professional hospitality training offered by the owners for junior and senior staff. Staff accommodation is provided in new-build £0.5 million eco-flats.

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